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Archive for 2010

UN Steel Drums Used to Transport Flammable Film

July 13th, 2010 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Cool Stuff, DOT/UN, Safety

Anyone that has ever watched a movie with me has heard me state that “just about every movie made has a shot of a steel drum somewhere in the film.” It’s surprisingly true! Ask my children! Now, thanks to Rick Rubin of Maxi Container, I recently learned that UN approved steel drums are being used to transport 75 reels of historic and long-lost silent movies to the US for restoration. The films were discovered in a vault in the New Zealand Film Archive and include a drama by legendary director John Ford, a copy of Ford’s Upstream the earliest surviving movie by comic actor and director Mabel Normand and a period drama starring 1920s screen icon Clara Bow. The films were discovered by American preservationist Brian Meacham who claims that many of the films remained in New Zealand because distributors at the time did not think the return shipping costs to the US were worth the expense.

Because these films were printed on unstable and highly flammable nitrate film stock, the transport to the US will require them to be shipped as dangerous goods, probably Flammable Solids N.O.S., Hazard Class 4.1, Packing Group II, which, for an air shipment, authorizes they be shipped in UN approved steel drums. As demonstrated in the film Inglorious Bastards, these nitrate films are highly flammable.

Congratulations to Helen Turley – a Leader in our Winemaking Community

July 13th, 2010 by Dean Ricker

Filed under: Wine

We were excited to see Helen Turley of Marcassin Vineyard gracing the cover of this month’s copy of Wine Spectator Magazine. Helen Turley is one of the most influential woman wine makers in the world today and we are proud to say that her Marcassin Vineyard was one of the first wineries to purchase a Skolnik stainless steel wine barrel. Turley’s reputation in the wine world is only preceded by her amazing wines, cabernets, chardonnays, zinfandels and pinot noirs. Known as a perfectionist, we like the fact that Helen is not only involved in the wine making process, but also deeply involved in the vineyard as well, terrior being just as important proper aging. During her 30 plus year career, Turley has worked for several wineries that Skolnik also proudly calls our customers; Bryant Family Vineyard, BR Cohn, Blankiet and Pahlmeyer Winery. It is reported that Turley and her husband John are working on a book, with a working title of Marcassin: The Making of a Winemaker. We look forward to buying our own copy and reading more about this amazing wine maker. In addition, you can click here to see the complete line of stainless steel wine drums produced by SKOLNIK or visit our web site at www.skolnikwine.com.

INTRODUCING our Seamless — Sanitary Drum for Nitric and SuperClean Requirements

June 16th, 2010 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Cool Stuff

While stainless steel drums are currently used for contents needing ultra-clean surface protection, the conventional method of roll-seaming the top and bottom heads to the body results in a small interior crevice which, with reuse, can accumulate unwanted bacteria. With a Seamless Sanitary drum, there is no interior crevice, in fact, the vertical wall of the steel meets the raised sidewall of the bottom head with a welded bead that is smooth. The result is a bottom and top that is fully curved and crevice free (see illustration). These drums can be used for processing of SuperClean contents or for safe transport of the most aggressive chemicals including Nitric acid. Available in Open Head and Closed Head styles, or as a Processing Drum, these drums are constructed of all 1.5mm (16 gauge) 304 stainless steel with a 2B finish with top and bottom foot rings that are exterior welded in place. The optional features include two protective “roll bars” fitted into the side rolling hoops, and tight heads have the option of machined or drop forged 2" and ¾" plugs in the top head.

These drums are also UN certified for dangerous goods in both an Open Head and Closed Head style. This is a very heavyweight and impressive packaging!

Clarifying the Application of UN Markings

June 16th, 2010 by Matthew Dick

Filed under: DOT/UN, Safety

In accordance with UN recommendations, certified markings indicate the performance rating and test information about a steel drum must be applied in accordance with CFR 178.3(a)(3). For drums over 100 Litres (26 US Gallons) there are a number of ways that the marking can be applied including stamping, embossing, burning and printing. For these sized drums, there must be one complete set of durable marks on the side or non-removable top head, and a second partial mark embossed permanently on the bottom head. The purpose of having the two marks is that once filled, the drum will sit, primarily, on its bottom head, and the UN test information will be readily viewable for the user at the side or top mark. The permanent partial bottom mark must conform to the application options indicated earlier. However, the side or top mark is required to be durable rather than permanent. Therefore, it is common and acceptable for the durable mark to be printed on a self adhesive label which is attached to the side of the drum. The characters on the label and the permanent embossment are subject to the size and sequence requirements as specified in 178.3(4) and 178.503(a)(1) through (a)(6) and (a)(9)(i). For a breakdown of the individual marks, you can link to the following: Open Head Solid Marking, Open Head Liquid Marking, Closed Head Marking, Seamless Marking.